5 Things to Consider When Buying LED T8 Tubes
Replacing fluorescent tubes with LED Tube Lights is booming in popularity. Not only do they cut energy consumption in half and eliminate hazardous mercury waste, the quality of light they provide is an undeniable improvement over fluorescent tubes.
However, the buyer needs to be aware of a few things when you buy LED tube lights. Many manufacturers in have taken advantage of the LED tube trend and have flooded the US market with knock-off diodes and cheap drivers inside the flimsy housing. Electrician report these tube lights are lasting about six months before they either change color (either pink or yellow) and/or the drivers fail.
How can you keep from getting burned? Here are five quick things to consider:
Make sure the tube lights are UL Listed (Underwriters Laboratory) and Design Light Consortium (DLC) certified. These third-party quality control measures ensure continuity, efficacy and efficiency for the diodes, drivers and lenses. Also, utility companies in many states offer rebates for DLC and Energy Star products. When possible, confirm the product is UL Listed and obtain LM79 and LM80 test reports.
- Heat Sink: Cheap tubes try to shave materials costs by using plastic heat sinks. Higher quality tubes have aluminum heat sinks that conduct heat away from the diodes with greater than 10 times effectiveness, increasing the life and health of the diodes.
- Color consistency: Cheap tube lights can vary in temperature from batch to batch. If your office space requires 4000 Kelvins and in six months you need to replace the cheap tubes you’ve purchased, you may not end off with the same color temperature. Quality tubes adhere to tighter color specifications and tighter binning processes to guarantee consistency.
- Frosted or Clear Lenses? – LED Tubes milky (or frosted) lens will provide greater than 106 lumens per watt (>106lm/w) while the LED Tubes clear lens is slightly brighter at greater than 110 lumens per watt (>110lm/w). If your tubes are going into a covered fixture with a surround lens, the clear tubes offer your brightest option. However, if the tubes are exposed, aesthetically speaking, the frosted lens is the way to go.
- Watts: an 18 Watt LED tube should offer slightly more lumens on the ground than a 40 watt fluorescent tube. If the ceiling is more that 12-feet above finished floor (AFF) you may want to consider a 22 Watt tube.
One of the best ways to guarantee quality is to purchase tubes from a reliable American company that backs the five year warranty with hassle-free replacements or refunds. Our Company Is LED Corporations, headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. We supply to the entire United Staes and Canada